Animal Facilities Coordinator
Salary Range: $79,300 – $177,700/Annually
Apply by Date: 1/14/2021
This position manages and directs the extensive organization and operations of all animal facilities and their ancillary units under the purview of the Department of Animal Science (ANS). Develops programmatic goals that advance the departmental objectives. Serves as the liaison for all external and internal stakeholders, donors, and industry relations for this highly visible program. Develops strategic, long-term planning for the animal program and, in consultation with the Chair, directs the coordination and execution of those plans. Sets the strategic direction in consultation with the Chair for the animal facilities to best meet the needs and expectations of the departmental research, teaching, and outreach program.
Broad management responsibilities for policies/procedures affecting a wide range of administrative activities. Review/disseminate University policy and procedure governing these activities. Provide oversight management of the varied animal populations supporting teaching, outreach and multidisciplinary research activities that requires exquisite coordination. Assign and manage animal space to accommodate teaching, research and outreach needs. Establishes relationships with industry partners to advance the research and teaching program. Directly oversees $2M in operating budgets and approx. $1.9M in animal inventory.
Manages the accountability and stewardship of the program. Responsible for budgetary programming for the diverse animal facilities. Manage resources strategically to optimize animal production, meet research needs of investigators, oversee animal acquisitions and sales, management and development of long-term plans for animal production in consultation with the Chair. Develops innovative solutions to emerging challenges. Provide management direction, supervision, and goal setting/achievement for direct reports/supervisors/indirect reports. Responsible for corrective action and performance management including termination.
Direct and manage animal research and teaching program regulatory compliance of animal facilities with campus, state and federal regulatory agencies to ensure accreditation essential for continued operation: IACUC, AAALAC, USDA, CDFA, and FDA. Represent the organization during regulatory inspections and inquiries. Liaison with campus to provide input and guidance on Animal Facilities Program Management, AAALAC compliance, and respond to animal- and facility-related emergencies to provide oversight and contingency operation plans. Coordinate and create regulatory reports, annual progress reports, and other documents as required by the department, College, University, sponsors and other entities.
- Experience, educational background and skills in the fields of food animal husbandry and production practices, including oversight management and supervision of animal care and technical support staff.
- Expertise in the operational management of animal facilities alongside an appreciation for their use for research and teaching.
- Knowledge and experience with conducting performance evaluations, as well as employee and labor relations in progressively more complex roles that include recruiting, supervising, coaching and evaluating staff.
- Should be aware of organizational and interpersonal dynamics with the skill to perceive conflict and develop strategies to manage it.
- Proficiency at enterprise management, including budgeting, inventory control and management, and cost and revenue projections.
- Skills to interpret policies and procedures in order to ensure concurrence with department, university, state, and sponsor requirements, and align with regulations, guidelines, and protocols on animal care.
- BS degree in Animal Science or related field, OR equivalent experience/training.
- Experience in strategic and operational planning as it relates to animal facility management in a complex farming system, with experience analyzing key issues, and researching, gathering and integrating information regarding employee relations issues; experience developing qualified resources and data to formulate recommendations and approaches to resolve issues and problems.
- Animal management experience with agricultural and/or laboratory animals; including knowledge of USDA and state regulations pertaining to meat plant, dairy and creamery operations and the ability to communicate and interact with regulatory officials.
- Experience successfully applying IACUC accreditation standards to provide professional guidance regarding vivaria management, planning, and maintenance.
- Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective department, campus and professional citizenship. Written and oral communication skills demonstrating tact and diplomacy to convey policies and procedures to a diverse population of internal and external groups, including faculty, executive administrators, campus community and the public with the objective of fostering collaborations and partnerships needed for the successful delivery of animal science research, teaching and outreach in a shared governance environment.
- Skills in communicating with both university and non-university groups about department research and address concerns about animal production and welfare. Knowledge of government policy and societal concerns as related to animal management and research.
- Background Check
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
COVID – 19
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